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2023 LA trip Feb 25-26 (8th/9th) 10:59 am
2023 LA trip Feb 25-26 (8th/9th)
Jan 17 @ 10:59 am – Feb 1 @ 11:59 am
8th/9th grade LA trip: February 25-26th, 2023. Please reserve a spot with a non-refundable $400 deposit by February 1st (the balance of $400 is due by February 15, 2023).Event Signup
JETY 6th/7th “Shades of Shabbat” 4:00 pm
JETY 6th/7th “Shades of Shabbat”
Jan 25 @ 4:00 pm – Feb 14 @ 11:59 pm
This event is limited to 10 students in 6th/7th grade.Register only your student! Friday, February 17th at 6pm services followed by dinner and a guided paint session from 7pm-8:30pm.    Event Signup
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Tot Shabbat – (2/3/23) 5:00 pm
Tot Shabbat – (2/3/23)
Feb 3 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Tot Shabbat Join us in Martin Meyer Reception at 5:00 pm to connect with fellow families while children nosh. Followed by a joyful and engaging 30-minute service in Martin Meyer Sanctuary from 5:30 – 6:00 pm. PJs … Continued
Shabbat Service (2/3/23) 6:00 pm
Shabbat Service (2/3/23)
Feb 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Services this Friday, February 3rd at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbis Ryan Bauer and Jason Rodich with Cantor Arik Luck. To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, … Continued
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Torah Study 9:15 am
Torah Study
Feb 4 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Each week, a member of our clergy leads a group in Torah Study, followed by Mourner’s Kaddish and Healing Prayer. We are back to hybrid. Please check the Torah Study session webpage for more information, or … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Shael Ehrlich (Main) 9:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Shael Ehrlich (Main)
Feb 4 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
2023 Shabbat Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner 10:00 am
2023 Shabbat Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
Feb 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This year Rabbi Kushner will be using Arthur Green’s Speaking Torah: Spiritual teachings from around the Maggid’s Table (Genesis-Leviticus).Zoom meetings, Saturday mornings, 10:00 am – 11:00amFirst session: Saturday morning, September 24,2nd session, Oct 83rd session, … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Ilan Oren (Main) 11:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Ilan Oren (Main)
Feb 4 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
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Hebrew 102 with Yaffa Tygiel 7:00 pm
Hebrew 102 with Yaffa Tygiel
Feb 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Hebrew 102 (Second trimester for beginners) with Yaffa TygielTuesday evenings on zoom: 7:00 – 8:30 pmIn this class students will study to speak basic modern Hebrew by communicating with each other, reading texts, poems & … Continued
KOLEINU – Home: Songs of Longing and Belonging 7:30 pm
KOLEINU – Home: Songs of Longing and Belonging
Feb 7 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
KOLEINU – Hear Our VoicesHome: Songs of Longing and BelongingAfter a three-year hiatus, we are delighted that Koleinu returns to Congregation Emanu-El!Tuesday, February 7, 20237:30 PM | Martin Meyer Sanctuary | Congregation Emanu-ElTake a musical journey … Continued
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Marin Gathering – February 2023 4:30 pm
Marin Gathering – February 2023
Feb 9 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Join Rabbi Jonathan for our February Marin Gathering at Book Passage Bookstore & Cafe (51 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera) from 4:30 – 5:30pm on Thursday, February 9, 2023.Hope you can join us!Event Signup
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Shabbat Service (2/10/23) 6:00 pm
Shabbat Service (2/10/23)
Feb 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Services this Friday, February 10th at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbis Beth Singer and Sydney Mintz with Cantor Marsha Attie. To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, … Continued
February Late Shabbat 8:00 pm
February Late Shabbat
Feb 10 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
 
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Torah Study 9:15 am
Torah Study
Feb 11 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Each week, a member of our clergy leads a group in Torah Study, followed by Mourner’s Kaddish and Healing Prayer. We are back to hybrid. Please check the Torah Study session webpage for more information, or … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Sloane Ginnochio 9:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Sloane Ginnochio
Feb 11 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
2023 Shabbat Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner 10:00 am
2023 Shabbat Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
Feb 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This year Rabbi Kushner will be using Arthur Green’s Speaking Torah: Spiritual teachings from around the Maggid’s Table (Genesis-Leviticus).Zoom meetings, Saturday mornings, 10:00 am – 11:00amFirst session: Saturday morning, September 24,2nd session, Oct 83rd session, … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Taryn Krow (Main) 11:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Taryn Krow (Main)
Feb 11 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
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Shabbat Service (2/17/23) 6:00 pm
Shabbat Service (2/17/23)
Feb 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Services this Friday, February 17th at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer with Cantor Marsha Attie. To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the … Continued
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Torah Study 9:15 am
Torah Study
Feb 18 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Each week, a member of our clergy leads a group in Torah Study, followed by Mourner’s Kaddish and Healing Prayer. We are back to hybrid. Please check the Torah Study session webpage for more information, or … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Theo Jacoby 9:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Theo Jacoby
Feb 18 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
2023 Shabbat Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner 10:00 am
2023 Shabbat Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This year Rabbi Kushner will be using Arthur Green’s Speaking Torah: Spiritual teachings from around the Maggid’s Table (Genesis-Leviticus).Zoom meetings, Saturday mornings, 10:00 am – 11:00amFirst session: Saturday morning, September 24,2nd session, Oct 83rd session, … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Alice Hoffman (Main) 11:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Alice Hoffman (Main)
Feb 18 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
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Men’s Group – February 19, 2023 9:30 am
Men’s Group – February 19, 2023
Feb 19 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Gentlemen of the El, For our February Men's Group – Bagels, Lox and Learning!, please join Rabbi Lawrence Kushner for a chance to engage with one of the leading teachers of our day. Rabbi Kushner … Continued
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Guitar Concert with Lucian Plessner 6:30 pm
Guitar Concert with Lucian Plessner
Feb 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, February 23 6:30pmMartin Meyer SanctuaryCongregation Emanu El and the German Consulate General in San Francisco have the pleasure of inviting you to a guitar concert by Lucian Plessner.'This recital features one of the masterpieces originally … Continued
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Shabbat Service (2/24/23) 6:00 pm
Shabbat Service (2/24/23)
Feb 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Services this Friday, February 24th at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris with Cantor Arik Luck. To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note … Continued
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Torah Study 9:15 am
Torah Study
Feb 25 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Each week, a member of our clergy leads a group in Torah Study, followed by Mourner’s Kaddish and Healing Prayer. We are back to hybrid. Please check the Torah Study session webpage for more information, or … Continued
2023 Shabbat Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner 10:00 am
2023 Shabbat Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
Feb 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This year Rabbi Kushner will be using Arthur Green’s Speaking Torah: Spiritual teachings from around the Maggid’s Table (Genesis-Leviticus).Zoom meetings, Saturday mornings, 10:00 am – 11:00amFirst session: Saturday morning, September 24,2nd session, Oct 83rd session, … Continued
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Opening Up—a Bat Mitzvah at 76

By Temple Member Meta Pasternak

In 1966, my fiancé and I were fortunate to find a Rabbi in Stockton, California who was willing to marry us. My husband was Jewish; I was not. The Rabbi asked if I intended to convert and my answer was, “Not at this time.” He accepted that. It was important to my husband that our children be raised as Jews, and I didn’t feel that my own Lutheran background was something I needed to pass on.

Our sons had their Bar Mitzvahs in Sacramento at Temple B’nai Israel and our daughter in Lafayette at Temple Isaiah. The Rabbis’ sermons interested and enlightened me. What is our purpose here? How do we relate to the stories in the Torah? How can we make a difference in this world? The services were filled with beautiful music, but as much as I loved going to services, I just wasn’t ready to commit to any religion.

After my husband died in 2010, I decided to move to San Francisco where my children and grandchildren lived. My son Jeremy and daughter-in-law Karen belonged to Temple Emanu-El. I picked up my granddaughter, Abby, from school and dropped her off at Hebrew School. It was beginning to dawn on me that I missed services. I wanted to join the Temple. I happened to be taking a class at the Fromm Institute from Rabbi Pearce. I told him my story and he encouraged me to contact Emanu-El’s former Membership Director Terry Kraus. Although I was not Jewish, she allowed me to join along with my daughter who lives in the same building I do. Then I took a Jewish literature class from Rabbi Carla Fenves, who had been the Rabbi for my granddaughter’s Bat Mitzvah. In the final class, Rabbi Fenves asked the participants what it meant to them to be Jewish. One woman talked about the emphasis on Tikkun Olam, making the world a better place. This was the religion I wanted to be part of. It wasn’t merely the beautiful services or music, or even the sermons; it was what is inherent in Judaism that drew me. Why it took me so long to realize that, I’m not sure.

Rabbi Fenves led me through the process and at age 73, I had a Mikvah. Rabbi Bauer was one of the Beit Din that interviewed me, and I still remember his perceptive and thoughtful questions. Going to services began to feel more meaningful, but I really wanted to be part of the services by knowing what I was singing and learning the reasons behind the rituals. I joined the Anshei Mitzvah class in 2018 and in January of 2020, at age 76, I had a Bat Mitzvah. During that time, I practiced my Hebrew with my grandson, Sam, who was studying for his Bar Mitzvah. My daughter, Emmy, gave me constant support and encouragement. And finally, the day came. Reciting my Torah portion, walking up to the Ark, being so close to the exquisite ancient Torah, reciting the prayers, chanting the blessing before the Haftarah, and being with my classmates made it one of the most memorable experiences of my life. My classmates were wonderful adults; all there for different reasons, but with the same goal. These are people whom I am now pleased to call my friends. Cantor Attie and Cantor Luck led us through the two-year process with kindness and grace.

Even during the pandemic, the Temple has been an important part of my life. I am a tutor through the Jewish Coalition for Literacy, a connection made through the Temple when I met Randi Fields, Senior Director of Membership and Engagement Operations. Being able to continue tutoring online with former tutees from the local public school kept me sane at a time when I could only see my grandchildren outside at a distance of six feet. I became a B’Bayit leader and met other congregants interested in tutoring. I look forward to the time I will meet them in person. This fall, I attended Kol Nidre services in person and later that month, my husband’s Yahrzeit service. I am grateful that 55 years ago he introduced me to Judaism, and that, when I was ready, Temple Emanu-El welcomed me in.

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